Having residents trained in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is one of the best ways North Metro Fire Rescue District can improve the survival rate of cardiac arrest patients. That’s why North Metro Fire is offering free Family and Friends® CPR classes on Oct. 21 at North Metro Fire's Headquarters (101 Spader Way).
According to the American Heart Association, of the more than 1,000 people who go into cardiac arrest outside of the hospital every day, only one in 10 survives. If a victim receives CPR immediately after going into arrest, their chances of survival increase by two to three times. However, only 40 percent of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR by a bystander.
Current guidelines encourage residents to use hands-only CPR to resuscitate a patient until first responders arrive. As part of the Family and Friends® CPR class, participants will watch an instructional video and get to practice hands-only compressions on CPR dummies under the supervision of North Metro firefighters. They will also learn how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) to help revive a potential cardiac arrest victim. While the class does not offer a CPR certification card, participants will leave knowing how to deliver potentially lifesaving CPR to anyone.
Those wishing to sign up for one of the 2-hour Family and Friends® CPR courses on Oct. 21 can call North Metro Fire Headquarters at 303-252-3017 or email email@example.com. Classes will be offered at 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. While registration is preferred to secure a spot, walk-in participants are also welcome to attend if there is space in the class. Classes are open to all ages at no charge, thanks to funding from the Cindy Jarrell Education Fund and donated equipment from Mile-High RETAC.
Please note: All of the Oct. 21 CPR classes are now FULL. Please join our waitlist to be notified when the next round of free classes will be offered.